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March 05, 2018

YMCA of Greater Boston Welcomes Kathy deCastro of Sun Life Financial

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BOSTON and WELLESLEY MA – (March 5, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Boston and Sun Life Financial U.S. are pleased to announce that Kathy deCastro, head of human resources at Sun Life Financial U.S., is a new member of the YMCA of Greater Boston General Board.

deCastro brings more than 20 years of experience implementing innovative and strategic talent practices and programs. As head of human resources at Sun Life, she oversees attraction, engagement, development, and retention of the industry’s top talent for the U.S. and international business. Previously, she worked as senior vice president and chief talent officer at The Hartford, where she led various talent practices for the organization. She has held senior vice president and vice president roles in human resources, including personal and commercial markets and enterprise functions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Saint Joseph and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of New Haven.

“We are thrilled for Kathy to join our dedicated team of passionate professionals who care so deeply about helping our neighbors in the Greater Boston community,” said YMCA of Greater Boston President and CEO James Morton. “We look forward to strategizing and seeing what lies ahead for our organization this year.”

Passionate about service, deCastro is an active volunteer for multiple nonprofit organizations with a focus on autism awareness and fundraising. She served as human resources operating officer for The Option Institute & Autism Treatment Center of America and currently serves as an advisor to performing arts theaters interested in bringing sensory friendly performances to local communities. deCastro is also passionate about diabetes prevention, a cause close to her heart.

“Sun Life has a long history of supporting the YMCA of Greater Boston through youth programs and diabetes education, so I’m excited to get more involved,” said deCastro. “As someone with a family history of diabetes I am passionate about awareness and prevention. I am greatly looking forward to working with the board and seeing how else we can bring more supportive and innovative programming to the Greater Boston community.”

Sun Life, partnered with the Boston Celtics, has long been a supporter of the YMCA of Greater Boston and diabetes awareness. Each year they hold the annual youth Fit to Win program, which gets kids excited about fitness and nutrition, and the November #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes campaign, which supports the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Diabetes Prevention Program, an educational program that helps at-risk adults learn about health, nutrition, and lifestyle habits to prevent type 2 diabetes.

YMCA of Greater Boston board members commit to serving the organization over the course of three years. As a board member, deCastro will help to govern and lead the more than 160-year-old institution and ensure that the Y delivers on its mission to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information about the YMCA of Greater Boston, visit:

About the YMCA of Greater Boston :

The YMCA of Greater Boston is the state’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities. Every day the Y works with thousands of men, women and children to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, each day giving back and providing support to thousands. The Y is committed to helping people live longer, healthier lives. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and foster connections for a fuller life through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. For more than 165 years, the Y has been developing skills and emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse populations, preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations and policymakers. The Boston YMCA is the first in the United States.

About Sun Life Financial:

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of C$975 billion. For more information, please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

In the United States, Sun Life Financial is one of the largest group benefits providers, serving more than 60,000 employers in small, medium and large workplaces across the country. Sun Life’s broad portfolio of products and services in the U.S. includes disability, absence management, life, dental and vision, voluntary and stop-loss insurance. For more information, please visit

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